Salans to open office in Brussels with Mayer Brown hires

Salans is opening in Brussels with the hire of a seven-lawyer antitrust team from Mayer Brown.

The office, which is due to open formally on 1 March, takes Salans to 22 offices worldwide and will be headed by partner Edward Borovikov.

Trade lawyer Borovikov, who was also a partner with Mayer Brown, is joined by fellow Mayer Brown lawyers Rudi Leleu, who joins as director of international trade and Bogdan Evtimov and Charles De Jager who are joining as counsel.

Salans global managing partner Dariusz Oleszczuk told Legal Week: “Brussels is part of our long-term strategy to expand in Europe. We have been looking at this for ten years and now seemed the right time to make the move given the good year we had in 2009.

“We will be looking to recruit one or two more people in our Brussels office over the coming months.

“Our current focus is on strengthening and expanding our existing offices, but we are looking to increase our relatively new presence in Germany at some point in the coming year.”

Three associates are also joining from Mayer Brown – Igor Danilov, Xiaovi Tang and Maria Krestianova.

The team will focus on antitrust, trade law and policy work for EU, Russian, Chinese, Turkish and US clients.

Oleszczuk added: “The team’s experience in the EU, Russia and China in the areas of international trade and competition, and its strong contact with major corporates, governments and government agencies provides the perfect fit for Salans.”

Salans now has 186 partners operating from 22 offices across 17 countries.

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